Lloyd Webber Tunes Up With Universal
The hit show tunes of musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber tapped a major new revenue stream yesterday (Aug. 14) with a groundbreaking deal between Universal Music and Webber's London-based company.The hit show tunes of musical impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber tapped a major new revenue stream yesterday (Aug. 14) with a groundbreaking deal between Universal Music and Webber's London-based company.
Lloyd Webber, through his company the Really Useful Group, will give Universal Music exclusive worldwide digital and mobile rights to the entire catalog of the composer's songs.
The deal means that tunes from the new London production of "Evita" will be made available online alongside the physical release of the cast album. The deal also covers songs from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Cats," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Starlight Express" and "The Phantom of the Opera," which will be available beginning Aug. 22.
Many of the songs also will be made available as realtones for mobile phones in the coming months. Separately, Lloyd Webber has struck a deal with Universal Music for the album for the upcoming West End production of "The Sound of Music," which will feature the winner of the BBC TV show "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
More than $6.6 million worth of tickets already have been sold for Lloyd Webber's production of the musical, set to open at the London Palladium in November. The television series, which is searching for an unknown singer to play Maria Von Trapp, has been airing on the BBC since July.
No financial details were disclosed for either deal.